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Mae A. Beste

Mae A. Beste, 95, of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully July 12, 2023, at Edgewood Assisted Living in Alexandria. A Mass of Christian Burial was held July 18 at St. Alexius Catholic Church in West Union, with the Rev. Mark Botzet officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery. Mae Avis Beste was born Nov. 1, 1927, in Montevideo to Gerald and Flavia (Schultz) Olson. She graduated from Osakis high school. After graduation, she worked as a bookkeeper in Osakis. After marriage, she worked on the farm, then moved to Sauk Centre where she worked as a sales clerk at Skogmo Clothing. She was a secretary to Norb while he worked at Engle Fabrication. On Oct. 18, 1950, she married Norbert Beste at St. Alexius Catholic Church in West Union. The couple farmed near West Union from 1950-1969. They then made their home in Sauk Centre until 2017. Since then, Mae moved to Alexandria and had been a resident of Edgewood Assisted Living since 2021. She was received into the Catholic Church in West Union at St. Alexis Church where she was a member from 1950-1969. Upon moving to Sauk Centre, she was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church and the Christian Mothers. She enjoyed reading, embroidery, baking, doing puzzles, playing cards with her grandchildren, traveling and, most importantly, taking care of her family. Survivors include her children Donna (Ted) Thomas of Altona, Manitoba, Canada, Alan (Donna) Beste of Boone, Iowa, Julie (Peter) Olmscheid of Alexandria and Patrick (Jill) Beste of Brainerd; grandchildren Amy (Tony) Bromenshenkel of Rockville, Kyle (Melanie) Beste of North Port, Florida, Megan (Kasey) Deaver of Hudson, Iowa, Justin (Ian Gray) Olmscheid of Columbus, Wisconsin, Ryan (Rachel) Beste of West Fargo, North Dakota, and Troy (Tricia) Beste of Zimmerman; great-grandchildren Trysta Steckling, Emelyn Beste, Reagan and Lincoln Deaver, Pippa, Beckett, and Josephine Beste and Winnie and Penny Beste; great-great-grandchildren Payton and Lexi Steckling; sisters Geraldine Beste of Sauk Centre, Joan Stabe of Brooklyn Center and Judy Jensen of Osakis; and sister-in-law Delores Olson of Osakis. Mae is preceded in death by her husband Norbert Beste on Nov. 28, 2008; son Duane Beste on March 18, 1969; grandson Jeffrey Jenc on Nov. 2, 1989; sisters and brothers-in-law Erva (Ernie) Jensen, Shirley (Ken) Brodsky and Audrey (Lowell) Collins; brother Wayne Olson; and brothers-in-law Howard Beste, Gene Stabe and Mervin Jensen. Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.

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